There really is no reason for congress or the executive branch to be meddling in how we educate our children. If Washington did not dictate to the states on education, we would be better off left to our own discretion. We are trading away our freedom on how to manage our own schools for a set of federal standards that will be defined by those in Washington, not those closest to the students like the parents and the teachers.
Having served in both local and state government for about 16 years, I can say that I am amazed at how many elected officials appear to be naive and easily misled. Education, healthcare, welfare and family issues should not be with in the jurisdiction of the federal government. Yet, some believe the only way they can change the country is from the top down.
The idea that we are incapable of properly educating our own children without the federal government forcing us to do the right thing is positively insulting. I believe there are plenty of great professional educators who can lead the way without the necessity of a federal iron fist. All it takes is for the elected officials to listen to their constituents while applying common sense and reasonable discernment.
Must we lose our sovereignty, liberty and autonomy in order to beg at the federal feeding trough? There is an old expression, "if you want to get out of the rat race, you have to let go of the cheese."